“Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams of This Tax Season
Just like the change of the seasons and the robins returning in the spring, tax scam artists return every year. And this year, the old tax scam standbys return, and bring with them some new wrinkles.
Among those wrinkles, for example, are two people working together and using the phone to get personal information from taxpayers so that they can then file a false return. They do this by first calling the victim and pretending they’re the IRS, and threatening people with fines, jail time, revocation of their driver’s license, garnishments, etc. Then, the first person hangs up, and another person calls back the victim, pretending to be the police or the DMV or the county tax assessor, gets even more information from the victim, and proceeds to file a fake claim.
And if you think someone’s trying to steal your identity to file a false tax return, or cheat you out of your return, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
And be careful out there…